Charlotte Latin prepares our students to participate in the global community by incorporating international studies into the curriculum and by providing opportunities for students to experience diverse cultures and nations. The School's commitment to developing our students' cultural competence is illustrated by the trip to China in 2015 of a delegation of students and teachers to participate in a Model United Nations conference and an international forensics competition. The student body itself reflects the School's interest in the global community, with students from every continent except Antarctica represented.
Model United Nations
Established in both the Middle and Upper Schools, the Model United Nations (MUN) program challenges student delegates to adopt the policies of the nations they represent as they tackle modern-day global issues. They engage in discussion and debate with other nations and collaborate to craft feasible resolutions. Ultimately, Latin students gain tremendous global empathy through this process which is a critical skill to develop in the field of international relations. Over the last couple of years, Charlotte Latin has hosted the Charlotte Upper School MUN Conference (CHARMUN) and sent students to conferences at Duke University, Georgia Tech, The College of William and Mary, Johns Hopkins University, Boston College and the Concordia International School in Shanghai, China.
Foreign language studies begin in Kindergarten, and each division incorporates aspects of international studies into the curriculum. For example, the Upper School history curriculum includes a collection of electives that emphasizes the society, geography, and politics of various regions of the world, including Africa, China, Russia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Middle School and Upper School students also may participate in Model United Nations clubs.
The School often invites to campus guest lecturers who share with students their experiences and insights about the world. Past speakers include Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Chinese poet Bao Din, Hungarian Ambassador to the U.S. György Szapáry, former Polish Prime Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Francis Bok, author of Escape from Slavery, and Pulitzer Prize winner Dith Pran, inspiration for the movie, The Killing Fields, about his experiences in Cambodia under the tyranny of the Communist Khmer Rouge.
Charlotte Latin Global Studies Mission Statement
The mission of the Global Studies Department at Charlotte Latin School is to cultivate global mindfulness in our students as citizens who value both the commonalities and differences among peoples. Students will develop awareness, respect, and appreciation for their local community which extends to the greater world, while practicing civility and the skills required of global leaders meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.
Charlotte Latin maintains eight Sister School relationships. Our Sister Schools are:
- Colegio de Marin in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Luzhou Laojiao Tianfu Middle School in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province, China
- Sainte Marie Grand LeBrun in Bordeaux, France
- Jugenddorf Christophorusschule in Oberurff, Bad Zwesten, Germany
- Istituto Russell Guastalla in Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Hilton College in Lion's River Magisterial District, KwaZula Natal, South Africa
- St. Anne's Diocesan College, Hilton, South Africa
- Colegios Gredos San Diego in El Escorial, Madrid, Spain
Students from these and other schools often visit to learn about the United States and to share their native cultures with their American classmates. The School has hosted exchange students from more than 25 countries. Students sponsored by the American Field Service (AFS),Youth For Understanding (YFU), Study Group USA, the Center for Cultural Understanding (CCI), and CETUSA also attend Charlotte Latin periodically. Latin's families and faculty often extend a warm welcome to our foreign students by inviting them to stay in their homes during visits.
Charlotte Latin students participate in exchange programs with our Sister Schools during summer breaks. In addition to learning about other countries, students have the opportunity to see how families live around the world by staying with host families during their visits. At least one Charlotte Latin faculty member accompanies each student group for courses that generally last two weeks. Many teachers also offer mini-courses, which extend the foreign visits and pursue studies of art, history, literature, and language that enhance and complement the School's curriculum.
Charlotte Latin students are encouraged to participate in international exchange programs. Details of future trips are available from Mr. Derek Smith, Global Studies Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charlotte Latin Parents' Council organizes the Global Partners Committee, which provides support for the School's Student Exchange Program. Parents' Council volunteers extend a warm welcome to the students visiting Charlotte Latin from our sister schools by escorting them on field trips, hosting social activities, and soliciting host families. This hospitality is a reflection of the School's emphasis on providing a global perspective for our students, as well as a valuable educational opportunity for young people around the globe.